Those are some cute kids huh? These are pics from our Easter Egg Hunt today. They walked in the door with so much energy and asked their teachers 3000 times when was it going to be time for the Egg Hunt. They apparently all were stricken with a serious malady in the night, losing their short term memory because after the 3000 times they asked their teachers...they asked me 3000 more times!
But neither I nor the teachers minded a bit! You see, along with filling those baskets with candy and their tummies with hot dogs today, we got to fill them with the amazing story of Jesus preparing himself and his friends for a trip to the cross that would change their lives forever!
Here's a quick review: because Jesus gave his life for us we have direct access to the Father! We don't have to go through a priest to talk to Him! (Big round eyes and oohs were heard around the room as I reminded them of that curtain thing in the Easter story...you know where the curtain was torn, symbolizing that every believer has access to the throne room of the most high God.)
Because Jesus gave his life for us we don't have to bring a farm animal with us to church to present as a sacrifice! (Twinkly eyes and uncontrollable giggles were heard as I told them how glad I was that I didn't have to bring a goat to church, cause they are just too smelly!)
So in the middle of the 3000 questions, I got the privilege of telling the kids these things. It was so cool! All this excitement before the hot dogs and Easter Eggs! Woo Hoo! Hoorah!
Come to think of it, I don't know if I really got this as a little kid! That Jesus dying on the cross affected how religion and church was conducted. He was thinking of me, through all of the suffering, the questioning, the humiliation that he endured; he did it all because he loved me, he died for me and for you! And our lives are different because of it!
You know what? That puts a twinkle in my eye and a grin on my face!